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Let's Dine: Holiday Recipes

by Sharon Gayle December 21, 2011

Holiday Recipes


Don’t lose hair trying to figure out what new dish to add to your family’s Holiday dinner on top of the stress of shopping. Consider adding the two mouth-watering, yet healthy low-fat dishes below, for a change and smiles all-round the dinner table!  Enjoy! ~SG.


Glazed Ham with Apricots 


Yes, ham can be the centerpiece of a healthy meal — just choose a piece that's lean (ask for shank), low-sodium, and smoked (to reduce fat). Amp up the flavor with apricots and
mustard-marmalade glaze. 


Mouth watering Glazed Ham!

RECIPE & DIRECTIONS

Serves: 16
Prep Time: 35 min
Cook Time: 2 hr 15 min
Oven Temp: 325

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (7-pound) fully cooked bone-in smoked half ham
  • 1 package(s) (6-ounce) dried apricot halves
  • 2 tablespoon(s) whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup(s) orange marmalade or apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoon(s) country-style Dijon mustard with seeds

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. With knife, remove skin and trim all but 1/8 inch fat from ham. Secure apricots with cloves to fat side of ham in rows, leaving some space between apricots. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in large roasting pan (17" by 11 1/2"); add 1 cup water. Cover pan tightly with foil. Bake 2 hours.
  2. After ham has baked 1 hour and 45 minutes, prepare glaze: In 1-quart saucepan, heat marmalade and mustard to boiling on medium-high. Remove foil from ham and carefully brush with some glaze. Continue to bake ham 30 to 40 minutes longer or until meat thermometer reaches 135 degrees F, brushing with glaze every 15 minutes. Internal temperature of ham will rise 5 to 10 degrees F upon standing. (Some apricots may fall off into pan as you glaze.)
  3. Transfer ham to cutting board; cover and let stand 20 minutes for easier slicing. Slice ham and serve with apricots from pan.


Accordian Potatoes

 

For seriously satisfying spuds, try these vitamin-rich reds. Creamier than russets and lower in starch, all they need is a drizzle of olive oil before roasting; sprinkle with parsley and
thyme and serve.


Accordian Potatos, a wonderful complement to your Holiday Dinner!

RECIPE & DIRECTIONS

Serves: 8 
Yields: 8 side-dish servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 37 min
Oven Temp: 450

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 large (8 ounces each) red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Carefully slice each potato thinly without cutting all the way through.
  2. Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish and cover with waxed paper. Cook in microwave on High 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with tip of knife.
  3. Transfer potatoes to metal baking pan. Carefully drizzle oil between slices. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 tea¬spoon coarsely ground black pepper. Roast in oven 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer potatoes to platter; sprinkle with herbs. 

Recipes: Courtesy of Good Housekeeping.
Photographs: James Baigrie

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